Best of Reading for 2015

Posted 17 January, 2016 by Trish in Reading Nook / 25 Comments


2015 End of Year Book Survey

So below is my 2015 Year in Reading. Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner has yet again provided us with the questions. Any links I have to book posts will be down at the bottom.

Best of Reading in 2015

1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

tiny beautiful things

I wouldn’t have expected my first book read to be my favorite, but hands down Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. In terms of audio, both Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Everything I Never Told You were fantastic.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

My biggest disappointment was The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto. I just didn’t get it. Oh, and Armada by Ernest Cline. So bummed after loving Ready Player One.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2015?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. While it did not change my life, I still think about the principle of bringing joy to your life and letting go of the things that don’t spark joy.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2015?

Tiny Beautiful Things–Read it, read it now! I also talked up The Life-Changing Magic quite a bit.

5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Oooh, I actually read a series book this year! In the Woods by Tana French. I look forward to more of the Dublin Murder Squad…eventually. I also read Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4).

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

I’ll be eagerly awaiting whatever Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You) writes next!

Everything i never told you

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I don’t typically read post-apocalyptic books, but I really enjoyed A Gift Upon the Shore by MK Wren.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

This one is for you Lisa–In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel. This could also count as a genre I don’t typically read–romance. It was definitely just what I needed at the time!

In the Midnight Rain

9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Again, I’m not big on re-reading, but I’ll definitely be reading Tiny Beautiful Things again.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

This is one of the bummers about reading ebooks/listening to audiobooks–I don’t notice covers as much as I used to. Hausfrau is a lovely cover but I haven’t read the book.

Hausfrau cover

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Bernadette from Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. Also Shadow from American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Tiny Beautiful Things

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

Tiny Beautiful Things #brokenrecord

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen! And Dracula by Bram Stoker.



15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“Be brave enough to break your own heart” – Cheryl Strayed (Tiny Beautiful Things)

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (149 page)

Longest: Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (928 pages, 45 hours)

Outlander GIF

(I will use this GIF every chance I get!!)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Ha! The Walmart Effect by Charles Fishman. I will never think about Walmart the same way.

18. OTP of the Year
(OTP = one true pairing — don’t worry, I had to look it up, too)

Jamie and Claire forever and ever and ever. Also, Serena and Pemberton from Serena–what a hellish match!

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Elinor and Marianne from Sense and Sensibility. Because sisters are the best.

Sense and Sensibility

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

This is a tough question! But I haven’t mentioned Stephen King yet so I’ll go with Salem’s Lot or Pet Sematary. Really liked both!


21. Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo. Thanks Bryan! I enjoyed it!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Blue Reynard from In the Midnight Rain. This might be the one time when I wish that I could visualize characters!

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

I only read three…so I’m going to go with That’s Not English by Erin Moore–fun nonfiction!

That's Not English

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

American Gods by Neil Gaiman. This was the book that I had hoped The Stand by King would be.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Truly a laugh-out-loud delight. Sidenote: I’m currently watching and loving Parks and Recreation. Why did I wait so long to watch?!

yes please audio

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Tiny Beautiful Things. That might be the only one! I need some tearjerkers for this year.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Blankets by Craig Thompson. Loved this graphic memoir so much!


28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Such a beautiful book! (I’m trying to come up with answers other than Tiny Beautiful Things)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstratch–it’s actually a cookbook but has a pretty significant memoir undertone. I read it like a book and loved it!

Dinner: A Love Story

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay. Talk about a story to get your blood boiling. Not an easy read but definitely worthwhile.



 So What Did I Read in 2015?

  1. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (paper)
  2. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (audio)
  3. No Land’s Man by Aasif Mandvi (audio)
  4. Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstratch (paper)
  5. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (ebook)
  6. Bayou by Jeremy Love (graphic novel)
  7. Over Easy by Mimi Pond (graphic memoir)
  8. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (graphic novel)
  9. March: Book One by John Lewis (graphic memoir)
  10. Fables in Exile by Bill Willingham (graphic novel)
  11. An Age of License by Lucy Knisley (graphic memoir)
  12. Last Train to Istanbul by Ayse Kulin (ebook)
  13. Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet (graphic novel)
  14. Blankets by Craig Thompson (graphic memoir)
  15. That’s Not English by Erin Moore (ebook)
  16. The Know-it-All by A.J. Jacobs (audio)
  17. Pet Sematary by Stephen King (ebook)
  18. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple (audio)
  19. On Immunity by Eula Biss (audio)
  20. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion(paper)
  21. The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum (audio)
  22. The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto (paper)
  23. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (paper)
  24. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (ebook)
  25. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (audio)
  26. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (paper)
  27. Yes Please by Amy Poehler (audio)
  28. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (paper)
  29. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn (paper)
  30. In the Woods by Tana French (audio)
  31. Misery by Stephen King (paper)
  32. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (ebook)
  33. Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins (audio)
  34. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (paper)
  35. Armada by Ernest Cline (audio)
  36. Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (dual)
  37. In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel (ebook)
  38. A Gift Upon the Shore by MK Wren (audio)
  39. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (ebook)
  40. Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (audio)
  41. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (paper)
  42. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (audio)
  43. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (ebook)
  44. Redbreast by Jo Nesbo (ebook)
  45. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (dual)
  46. Flight by Sherman Alexie (paper)
  47. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (paper)
  48. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan (audio)
  49. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (dual)
  50. Dracula by Bram Stoker (dual)
  51. The Walmart Effect by Charles Fishman (audio)
  52. All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior (ebook)
  53. 10% Happier by Dan Harris (dual)
  54. Serena by Ron Rash (ebook)

2015 Reading Stats Charts(kept track with Tally Track App)

While I did have a couple of reading goals for 2015, there are two that I kept my eye on–reading 33% from my shelves (since I read mostly my own books, this means books that I owned prior to the new year) and reading more diverse authors (either POC or translated works). I ended up with 35% books owned before 2015 and 20% diverse authors. For 2016 I’d like to do even better than this! The only goal I totally abandoned was the reading of three parenting books. Meh. :)

Overall it was a great reading year. I have no idea what 2016 will bring–I’ll be home for a good portion of the year with Cara, but I’ll eventually go back to the office and I have a feeling that life with three littles will be quite the adventure! Just taking it a day at a time!



Some linky linkies. In case you’re wondering about my 2014 Reading Year2013 Reading Year2012 Reading Year2011 Reading Year (or my pretend 2011 reading year), or even my 2010 Reading Year.

 How was your 2015 Reading Year? What were your favorites?





25 Responses to “Best of Reading for 2015”

  1. In the midnight rain!! I always picture blue as an older Matthew mcconaughey.

    I didn’t even do a best of 2015.

  2. Kay

    I tried Everything I Never Told You and bogged down, but perhaps on audio. Nice to see a post from you. Know you have been busy, but always a pleasure. Take care, Trish!

  3. I just finished Tiny Beautiful Things and Everything I Never Told You. Both on audio. Loved them both. Great Post. I love all your stats.

  4. I love it when people make charts and graphs but I’ve never taken the time to do it. I guess I need to get Tiny Beautiful Things. I feel like I’ve read so much about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up that I don’t need to read it.

  5. I enjoyed Everything I Never Told You, and that surprised me, as I wasn’t expecting much.

    I am almost afraid to know more about The Walmart Effect, as I HATE Walmart….LOL.

    As for the tidying up book, I’ll skip it, because I did a lot of purging this year, but I’m sure that author would think I didn’t go “deep” enough. LOL (Based on what others are saying, anyway).

    Enjoy your new year!

  6. I think Tiny Beautiful Things wins “Most Sticky Notes” on my list for 2015! Loved that book and hope to read it again.

    I agree with you about Armada. Dang it.

    Yes, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has really changed the way I live and view my belongings. I’ve done so much purging of useless, outdated, too small, too big, items in our home. It’s a slow process, but I’m beginning to see some clean, empty spaces which brings me joy! I really think I like the minimalist style of decorating. Certainly makes cleaning much easier.

    Tana French’s books are excellent. I’m almost finished with The Secret Place, which is ok, but my faves are The Likeness and Faithful Place. Lucky you to have those to read in your future!!

    Pretty sure you could write a parenting book, so why bother reading them?

    Here’s to a great year of reading and enjoying your beautiful family!

  7. I just brought home the tidying up book from the library, still not sure if I will just peruse it or read it. Love the pie charts, you did better than I did not ration of male/female authors. I started Armada on audio, but set it aside for something else, I will try to get back into it once more before I give up on it.

  8. You did really well, I’ll have to check my stats before I can answer ALL these questions, how do you keep track/

  9. It sounds like you had a really great year of reading Trish! Three little ones will surely keep you busy this year but I am sure you will in some reading too :) You have convinced me to read Tiny Beautiful Things so on to the TBR list it goes. I hope that you have a wonderful year in 2016!

  10. I love that you picked the Dashwood sisters as your favorite relationship! Hooray for sisters.

    A word of caution from someone who recently finished Parks and Recs herself – the withdrawal is tough. You will look around for quirky characters with witty one liners and be very disappointed by real life. But I think it’s worth it! :)

  11. I borrowed Tiny Beautiful Things after reading your review, read two stories, and promptly decided that I need my own copy. So I didn’t finish the book yet – I guess I loved it too much to want to read it quickly. But I’m going to buy my copy and make it some kind of night-time reading. It is certainly a wonderful book.

  12. You’ve had a prolific reading year! I’m adding Tiny Beautiful Things, A Gift Upon the Shore, In the Midnight Rain, Everything I Never Told You, and Where’d You Go Bernadette to my list.

  13. Wow! What a great opportunity to think back over what you’ve read. I haven’t heard of a lot of those books but it’s wonderful to see the array that appeal to different people!

  14. I like that you listed out all those books into categories. You have some that I definitely want to pick up in 2016. Yikes, can you believe it’s half way through January already?! I very much enjoyed That’s Not English also.

    Great list!

  15. I a bit jealous of your beautiful charts. I was going to do statistics of my reading from 2015 but didn’t get around to it. Real statistics, too, not a bunch of made up ones like I used to do.

    • Excel to the rescue! There are all of these new fancy infograph websites but I couldn’t figure them out. Just plugged into excel and then snipped the charts and saved as jpegs.

  16. I see you read Serena. Did you watch the movie? It came out overseas and was nonexistent at the same time. Came here and went straight to DVD. Although I can’t say I loved the book, the movie definitely ruined the Serena character in some ways…made her weaker/more human.

  17. One of these days, when I pick up Tiny Beautiful Things I’ll actually carry it all of the way to the cash register!

  18. Hooray for book lists! I’m always so curious to see what everyone read and loved in a year. Hausfrau has the best darn cover I may have ever seen. SO gorgeous. Another that always stops me in my tracks is the cover of A Little Life. Haunting.